Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 38 of this E-Newsletter.
This coming Sunday is a beautiful occurrence of many fantastic things if you ask me. Not only is it the 1st Sunday of the month which always helps me to focus and direct my discipleship for the month it is also World Communion Sunday, the Feast Day of St. Francis and the date when we remember and bless animals.
World Communion Sunday is a Sunday for celebration of Christian Unity and Ecumenical work. It was founded in 1936 and is still going strong today. We are not just celebrating ourselves but we are recognizing that Christian denominations around the world are breaking bread and celebrating Holy Communion as well. We celebrate not just that we are all Communing tougher but we celebrate the differences that our various cultures, languages, and traditions our faiths represent. We are all partaking in the Body and Blood of our Savior but in our ways.
It is also the day in which the Church remembers St. Francis of Assisi. He is one of the giants of the faith. A man that rejected his own personal wealth and personal desires and reimagined his life as as a beggar for Christ's sake. He lived a live that was not self seeking or self serving but one that sought to live in the light of the gospel. He has inspired generations to live lives focused on that gospel, seeking ways to serve the world.
One thing that Francis is know for is his connection with creation and the natural world. Often times we see him depicted as standing in a garden with birds and squirrels and other animals all around him. So it is on his feast day that we give thanks for animals, those that we see in the wild of creation, those that assist us in our day to day lives and those that we use for work. Many congregations bring in their pets for blessings, which maybe we will take part in during years to come.
Our readings for this coming Sunday are also challenging so not only will we be having plenty to celebrate we will have an opportunity to come to the scripture and hear what God has to stay to us through scripture, not with our own agenda but with God's. Be sure to join us!
Prayer Requests: Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Noel, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Pastor Fred, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
- The Widow's Might. For our fall stewardship campaign we are going to be looking at the Widow's Might (Mark 4:41-44). As we begin to prepare for planning for 2016 it is important that we are squarely focused on who we are and where would energy is being focused. We will be gathering for a Sunday conversation around spiritual formation before the culminating Sunday, November 8th. Keep an eye on your mailbox and church announcements for further information.
- Available this week are our Table Top Talk materials. These are designed to be taken home for dinner conversation. Most of what we learn about faith occurs at home, that is the place where we see faith in action and we hear the conversations that help to continue our growth as disciples. These materials are meant to be conversation starters over dinner, in the car or around the table. They will be available each week at church and also on the recourses tab of our website.
- Come and hear Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber from House For All Sinner and Saints- ELCA in Denver, Co and bestselling author of *Pastrix: The Crankly, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint *as well as her brand new book called *Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People*. Nadia will be speaking as part of her book tour at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. in Portland October 23h at 7pm. Everyone (especially Lutherans!) is welcome!
- If you are feeling the need to travel in 2016 the Oregon Synod of the ELCA is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land. The trip will be in May and all are welcome to go on the trip. If you are interested contact Pastor Andrew for more details.
- Remember at church a few weeks ago when there was a car broken down in our parking lot? That car belonged to Pastor Chris Pruitt. He is a church planter here in Portland, and is in the process of beginning a church in town. The car that was broken down was the car he was using for work and ministry and it broken down for the last time. He is in the process of finding a new car for his work so if you yourself or anyone else is looking to donate a car to his ministry please contact the church office.
- Summer maybe ending but this is a great time of the year to start getting more active and enjoy the beautiful weather we are having. So join Pastor Andrew on Wednesday to walk around the neighborhood. We will be meeting at 2:30 at the church and set off for a stroll around the neighborhood.
- 5th Sunday ingathering of canned goods is right around the corner again. Our next ingathering will be, November 29th! This month we will be supporting a local food bank. So bring in those canned goods!
- Thrivant Builds was a great success! Pam and I worked on various projects around the site! Thrivant Financial partners with Habitat for Humanity on their building projects here in Portland. The next build is going to be October 10th and they are looking for volunteers to help. This is a wonderful opportunity to help out the community and dust off those work boots. This will be a joint event between St. Mark's St. Paul and us here at Holy Trinity. Check out the flyers around church and sign up. Keep your eye out for more information or contact Pastor Andrew for more information. You can signup online at http://vhub.at/thriventfinancial
- There might be a few big developments over the next few months here at Holy Trinity so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and ears open.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule Oct. 5-9
*Now that we are close to Colleen's due date my schedule my change without much notice.
Monday- On Call if needed
Tuesday- Pastors preaching group in the am and around the church in the pm.
Wednesday- Around the church
Thursday- On call if needed in the morning and afternoon
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew